This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme

Welcome to 2018, time for resolutions, no resolutions or un-resolution.  This year I have opted to have not have a resolution but rather a theme.  The theme for this year is:

“Owning me with kindness and empathy.”

The thought behind the theme is owning who I was, who I am and who I will be in the future with the understanding that I am not perfect and still pretty cool anyways.  2017 was a real challenge but it allowed me to see my weaknesses and discover new strength that I had no idea I could muster up.  In the past, I often showed outer strength but struggled with internal stability, depression, and anxiety (Yes, I said it!).  Often times, I was harder and more critical of myself than anyone else could ever be; while wondering and caring a bit too much about what people thought.  But I have to take care of me and you have to take care of you.  So this year, resolution or un-resolution is to take me for who I am inside and out.

My hope for all of my followers is to see themselves for who they are and embrace themselves with kindness, understanding, and love that you so well deserve.

FYI – Not sure if I spelled un-resolution right or not. And that is OK.

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5 Favorite Avocado Recipes

Over this year I have made a lot of changes to my diet.  However, one item that certainly has been a consistent member of my menu is AVOCADOS!  Yes, the fruit that is a berry a.k.a the “alligator pear”.   I have had it on toast, grits, salads,  and smoothies just to name a few.  Today I want to share my love for avocados with you too.  So here are five of my favorite avocado recipes from Pinterest.  All have been tried and truly are delicious.  If you try any of them let me know below!

Peaces by Cortney Expansion

My shop, Peaces by Cortney is heading in a new direction for 2018!  While I will continue to offer baby hats, I will be expanding my shop and making items for children and adults.  If you want to keep up with the expansion follow my blog; as I will be offering a sneak peek along with an exclusive coupon code.

 

10 Signs You are a Survivalist Mom

While this is not the end of all lists to determine if you are a survivalist mom.  But if any of these are familiar to you…you may be survivalist mom.

  1. Menu planner? You tried that, but it just hasn’t worked out.  You honestly don’t know what is for dinner.  But you know how to put something together without a recipe.
  2. You dig through baskets of clean laundry for underwear.
  3. The light over your stove has been broken for months but you keep on cooking.  You know in your mind the light is kind of a luxury.
  4. You don’t mind your kids eating pop tarts or sugary cereal for breakfast.  I mean who can resist a bowl of crisp, colorful Froot Loops with cold milk.
  5. You send money for school photos on the last day they are due; or when the schools sends the notice that you have to pay for all of them if you don’t send them back.
  6. You monitor you kids fever/illnesses and can quickly evaluate if more attention is needed.
  7. Your kids may wear pajamas all day long and you may too – you really don’t care sometimes.  In fact, you may be wearing your pajamas right now.
  8. You are tired most of the time but you are used to it.  You just try to relax whenever you can.
  9. On any given day you can find stale Cheetos, an old fruit snack, or hard dried up Play-doh on the floor, under your couch or between the cushions.  Please note, this is a distinct difference from having stale Cheerios and old french fries on the floor of your car.
  10. You always show up and support your kids and family.  You have no problem standing up, inadvertently blocking someone else’s view, to get a great picture of your child’s preschool graduation.  You know you will turn around and say sorry with smile after you snap the pic.

Survivalist moms love their family and they care about them just as much as the next.  These mom’s just have a different perspective on what is important and pick their battles.  Also, many survivalist moms don’t try to keep up with “the Jones”.  We are ok with who we are and our family just the way they are right now.  But don’t be mistaken, we have goals and one of the biggest ones is to be the best mom we know how to be!

Staycationing with Kids

This summer we would love to travel out of town for a week vacation.  However, with small children, a vacation can mean even more work.  As such, this summer, I am looking at having several staycations and home staycations.

What is a staycation? It is a vacation spent locally rather than abroad, or one spent at home that may involve day trips to local attractions.  And a home staycation is when you spend it at home.  The plan is to survey the kids to discover their desires…right now they include:

  • Water balloon fight
  • Ice cream sundae bar
  • At home movie marathon
  • At home facials & manicures
  • Go to  the movies
  • Go to the aquarium
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to the pool
  • Ride on a train

I am sure they will have more ideas as the week go by. But I think their list is doable and certainly cheaper than what we would spend on a vacation out of town.  The rules for the kid’s staycation will be simple.

  1. No fussing or fighting.
  2. Have fun.
  3. Be safe.

Stay tuned, as I will be posting about staycationing for parents next week.

Summer Bucket List

Today is the official first day of summer.  But where I live it seems like summer started at least two months ago.  It is hot, to say the least.  However, this summer I do plan to get out of my normal routine.  I actually am planning to do stuff besides just going to work and attempting to sleep in on the weekends.  My list as you can see below is short.  It is SMART goal compliant and I really hope I get to everything on the list.

  1. Find a new and really good smoothie recipe.
  2. Clean out the garage – working on my minimalism here.
  3. Take up yoga.
  4. Start writing my cookbook.
  5. Practice my photography.

These five things seem simple enough – at least typing them was easy… I will be sure to post and share pics as I cross off my accomplishments so stay tuned!

My Experience with Instacart 

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Where I live the only thing that delivers besides the mailman is the pizza man. No Amazon Prime Now, Chinese food delivery… I know sometimes it makes me sad too.  But I was so excited when I found out I could get groceries delivered via Instacart!  I have now ordered probably about eight times and here is my experience.

I find this to be extremely helpful, and some days a life saver, in getting things done on the weekend.  As a mom, wife, caregiver, small business owner and full-time employee it is just wanted I need get some time back for myself.  There is a yearly unlimited shopping fee option, that I am not willing to pay, that takes care of the $5.99 shopping fee per order.  To me $5.99 is worth and levels out the time I would spend driving to the store, looking for my items, fighting off cravings on the snack aisle, and then standing in line.  Also, the shopping fee can be waived if you order featured items.  In most cases, the featured items are regular items on my grocery list – so I usually don’t have to pay the shopping fee.

I also utilize the notes for items that I am picky about to give the shopper more direction when selecting produce, meats, bread and other particular items.  However, there are some cons and pros:

Cons

  • There is no guarantee you will get the same shopper.
  • For some stores, the prices are higher than what is in the store.
  • Some shoppers are better than others.
  • You can’t use paper coupons.

Pros

  • You can better manage your grocery budget.
  • You don’t have unexpected things landing in your cart…like candy.
  • Most of the stores you can shop on Instacart have the same prices as in stores.
  • You can clip their online coupons.
  • Instacart has great customer service.

I shop with Instacart at least 2-3 times a month and will continue to do so! Try it for yourself and tell me what you think.  Need an incentive? Click here https://inst.cr/t/ASUFcyTze and we each will save $10 on an order.

Say Hello to Your Best Friend

Today, June 8, 2017, is National Best Friends Day.  Over the years I have had a hand full of best friends but the ones that have stuck with me are my two sisters!  And I want to say thank you for…

  • Answering my call in the middle of the night.
  • Playing cards into the late hours of the night.
  • Babysitting my kids and treating them as though they were your own.
  • Finding time to send greeting cards in the mail.
  • Not getting mad when it takes me forever to respond to your text.
  • Laughing and crying with me during the tough times.
  • Doing stupid fun stuff together.

I love you both and this post is for you!  Today tag your best friend and share this post to wish them a HAPPY BEST FRIENDS DAY!

Help! How to take up yoga?

For a while now I have been wanting to take up yoga but have no clue how.  I searched the internet for answers but didn’t really find what I was looking for. I would go to a class but I am worried about embarrassing myself -not knowing all the poses or at worse passing gas in front of everyone. So I am asking your feedback and help!

  1. What poses should you really know before you go to a class?
  2. What do I need to have? yoga mat vs yoga towel, blocks, etc.
  3. What are the unspoken rules of a yoga class?
  4. What should you wear?
  5. Do you go barefoot or wear yoga socks?
  6. What should you do if you pass gas in class?
  7. How do you progressively incorporate yoga into your lifestyle?

Please feel free to share any other tips and advice.  I really want to start off right.

How to Prepare for Whole 30

Peaces by Cortney The Blog Images (2)Deciding I needed a lifestyle change is what was going through my head when I went online and discovered Whole 30 in mid-2016.  When I tried it the first time, during the month of October 2016 it was a challenge – but I was prepared.  I did lose weight but the greatest benefit was I learned how not to eat processed foods.  I did complete a full 30 days and here is how I prepared prior to starting:

  1. Read The Whole 30 Book – Check it out from your local library or buy it.  Either way, reading the book will help you further understand the program and let you know what to expect.
  2. Tell Your Friends and Family – They don’t have to join you but tell them your goals and share your plan with them.  Tell them how you would like for them to support you on this journey.
  3. Change Your Social Media Feed – This is a must!!!! Prior to starting you will want to change your social media feed so that you limit those videos and pictures of recipes that are not in alignment with the plan.
  4. Practice Shaking the Haters Off – You will have people who will be critical of your current food choices.  Develop a plan of how to reply, if you feel the need to, so you can quickly shake it off.

I truly believe that these steps were essential towards me successfully completing the Whole 30.  I will be doing another Whole 30 in the future and will post so others can join me!

This is Me: Confessions of a Pee on a Stick Addict

This is Me: Confessions of a Pee on a Stick Addict

Hello, my name is Cortney, and I am a pee on a stick addict.

It began after I got married.  I got that thing called “the baby itch” and it seemed to take over and turned into “baby fever”.  I couldn’t read enough about trying to conceive and how to get pregnant.  I charted, I took basal temperatures and took soooooooo many pregnancy tests.

I mean I knew you could only get pregnant a few days out of the month but that did not stop me from testing at all times of the month.  I would pee on a stick first thing in the morning – you know that is the best time to test!  If the morning test wasn’t positive I would even pee on a stick at work.  If I ran out of tests I would quietly stop on the way home and pick up another.

My favorite test was the, First Response, but sometimes those were too expensive.  Then I would hit up the dollar tree and pick up their pregnancy test or order a bunch of dip strips online.  I could easily spend $40 or more a month buying tests.  Nonetheless, my addiction grew stronger every month at the start of each period.  Tearing tests apart I would hold them up to the light asking myself and my husband…do you see a line? Is that a line right there? No matter the date post ovulation I never fully trusted any result unless it was clearly positive with bold lines. So I kept going!

Today I still have struggles.  Every now and again I get “the baby itch” but it stays under control, my two kids help to keep it from turning into “baby fever”.

To my fellow Pee on a Stick Addicts…if you need support please get help.  The sites below my help your on your journey to getting that bold line you are looking for.

Peace,

Cortney